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October 16th, 2013 - 8:24 am

John Hinderaker — all of it, especially this:

The Republican House should vote to increase the debt limit by, say, $300 billion. That will give the administration plenty of leeway to “pay our bills.” There will be plenty of time to prioritize spending and decide what should be cut. The cut–some is just forgoing an increase, but some will be actual cuts–is the other $300 billion.

The Democrats would squeal like stuck pigs, of course, but what could they do? They have no power to raise the debt ceiling without the House. So inevitably, they would have to deal–and seriously, for once. Entitlement reform would have to be on the table, because the Democrats would see their treasured discretionary spending going up in smoke.

The best part is, the GOP could easily win back their reputation for fiscal sanity, which they squandered in the Bush years. No, wait — the best part would be the squealing Democrats, who have ridden the gravy train these last five years like a 14-year-old boy with a stolen Ferrari.

(Hat tip, Glenn.)

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What could the Democrats do? Refuse to negotiate and demand a "clean" debt-limit extension and continuing resolution, just like they're doing now. The Republican leadership will cave, just like they're doing now.

I didn't think shutting down government was a smart tactical move, but what makes anybody think the Democrats were going to allow any alternative? They read the polls too, and they believe they're benefiting from the shutdown. Heck, they'll embargo Treasury interest payments and hold up Social Security checks if the polls show Republicans will take the blame.

May as well go down swinging, 'cause there's no win here either for Republicans or for the country.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
no. been kicking this can down the road long enough. time to stand and fight. another 300 billion of debt won't help things.

"lets let the patient bleed a bit longer. he isn't yet in irreversible shock"

how about we fix the problem NOW
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
And this would be any different than what's going on right now because...?

We give, they take, and then refuse to bargain. Repeat ad nauseam. I'm getting really tired of hearing this "we'll get them next time" mantra out of people supposedly on the side of sanity.
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